Body of ‘well-known elderly man’ found in Bessbrook

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
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The local community is in shock after the body of an elderly man was discovered beside Mill Pond in Bessbrook this morning. psni13SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley MLA and local Councillor Kate Loughran said there was a dark cloud over the village after the news. Bradley told Newry Times, “Whilst details have not been confirmed by the PSNI at this stage as to what happened, this is sad day for the local community. The community is in deep shock this morning.” Councillor Loughran stated, “Even at this early stage, I understand the PSNI are not treating this as a suspicious death. This morning’s news is very sad for the village of Bessbrook. She added, “The deceased is a well-known and well-loved member of the local community. This community will rally around the extended family in the weeks and months ahead.” A PSNI Spokesperson said, “Police are investigating the circumstances after the discovery of a body of a male who has been identified. A post mortem examination will be carried out to determine cause of death.” Local Independent Councillor Kevin McAteer said, “I am deeply saddened to hear that someone has passed away at Bessbrook Pond. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.” Sinn Fein Councillor Roisin Mulgrew offered her condolences to the family. “This is an absolutely heartbreaking tragedy, especially coming so soon after Christmas, a time for family,” she said. “I’m sure the entire community will join me in offering my condolences to the family and assuring them that we will offer whatever help and assistance we can. They are in all our thoughts at this difficult time,” she added.
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